If you are the sort of person who dreams about a luxury Caribbean vacation then Cozumel Mexico vacations should be top of your list. Cozumel is Mexico’s largest island and provides an unsurpassed mix of cosmopolitan cuisine, luxury hotels and tax free designer shops – all set in absolutely beautiful natural surroundings.
Cozumel initially became famous amongst the scuba diving and water sports fraternities, then cruise ships started stopping by and upmarket facilities were constructed to cater for these guests. Now Cozumel is a favorite destination for tourists from all over the world.
Places to visit on inclusive vacations Cozumel Mexico
Cozumel’s only town, San Miguel de Cozumel, has an old school elegance combining the charming traditions of colonial Mexico with the amenities of the 21st century. The heart of the town is the center plaza (Parque Benito Juarez), however the locals refer to it as the “zocalo”. The plaza is surrounded by shops, restaurants and hotels and is a pedestrian only area. The area is always popular but particularly so on Sunday evenings when you can enjoy the free open-air attractions. The main part of the Plaza is called Avenida Rafael Melgar. If you like the idea of shopping on your Cozumel Mexico vacation then this has a good selection of high class jewelers, souvenir shops, designer shops and restaurants.
Many of the tourists on inclusive vacations to Cozumel Mexico love to find out more about the history and culture of Mexico. Alongside the Avenida Rafael Melgar you have the malecón, a sea-side boardwalk featuring many sculptures to commemorate historical events. At the north end you have the Museo de la Isla de Cozumel (Cozumel museum) where you can learn all about the Mayan history. Downtown San Miguel offers a more traditional Mexican ambiance and you can also find small family owned hotels which have lower prices than the modern resorts.
To the north and south of San Miguel itself you will find the luxurious modern hotels and tourist beaches popular with the Cozumel Mexico vacations tourists. The Costera Norte (North Coast), which is commonly referred to as “Zona Hotelera Norte”, begins just outside San Miguel. The majority of the beachfront consists of exclusive resorts with their grand entrances and private swimming pools. The biggest beach is Santa Pilar Beach, closely followed by San Juan Beach.
The Southern Hotel Zone (the Costera Sur) is located along Carretera Chankanaab, here you will find the best beaches starting with Corona Beach and ending at Palancar Beach. There is a famous coral reef running parallel to this part of the coast called Parque Marino de Cozumelis.
The two largest beaches in the Costera Sur are San Francisco Beach and Mia Beach , both are popular with the many cruise ship crowds that can take over the area when they visit. On Sundays, San Francisco Beach is a popular spot for local Mexican families. Both beaches offer safe swimming and snorkeling.
Parque Punta Sur to Punta Molas
Cozumel really does posses a heady mix of ancient and modern, with a range of activities and amenities to rival any resort in the world.